Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of clapsticks
  • Africa
  • pair of clapsticks, late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: Africa?
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: a) 36 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: a) 14 3/16 x 13/16 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 34.5 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 13 9/16 x 13/16 in
  • Gift of Dr. Curt Von Wedel
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0321.a,b

This is a pair of medium brown sticks with whittled ends. There is a sheen over most of the surface, probably due to use.

They were intended to be struck or rubbed together to make sound.